The Harmful Effects Of Robinson Township V. Commonwealth

Law360, New York (January 6, 2014, 1:01 PM EST) -- On Dec. 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Robinson Township et al. v. Commonwealth, 63 MAP 2012, resolving a variety of constitutional challenges to Act 13 of 2012, an amendment to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act that, among other things, implemented a uniform statewide land use regime for oil and gas development. See 58 Pa. C.S. §§ 2301-3504.

In a fragmented 4-2 decision, the court invalidated certain of Act 13’s core provisions, including notably its implementation of statewide zoning standards...
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